Measuring emergency department nurses' attitudes towards deliberate self-harm using the Self-Harm Antipathy Scale.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/203250
Title:
Measuring emergency department nurses' attitudes towards deliberate self-harm using the Self-Harm Antipathy Scale.
Authors:
Conlon, Mary; O'Tuathail, Claire
Affiliation:
Mayo Mental Health Services, Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
Citation:
Int Emerg Nurs. 2012 Jan;20(1):3-13. Epub 2010 Sep 29.
Journal:
International emergency nursing
Issue Date:
31-Jan-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/203250
DOI:
10.1016/j.ienj.2010.08.001
PubMed ID:
22243712
Abstract:
The emergency department is an important gateway for the treatment of self-harm patients. Nurses' attitudes towards patients who self-harm can be negative and often nurses experience frustration, helplessness, ambivalence and antipathy. Patients are often dissatisfied with the care provided, and meeting with positive or negative attitudes greatly influences whether they seek additional help. A quantitative design was utilised to measure emergency department nurses' attitudes towards deliberate self-harm. The 'Self-Harm Antipathy Scale', a validated questionnaire, was administered to a random sample of nurses in four emergency departments in the Republic of Ireland. A total of 87 questionnaires were returned (87% response rate). Results reveal that nurses show slightly negative antipathy overall, indicating positive attitudes towards self-harming patients. Attitudes were significantly different in accordance with a nurse's age. Education and social judgment also contribute to the way nurses view, interact and make moral decisions regarding self-harm patients. Evidence indicates there is need to improve the training, supervision and support of nurses caring for patients who self-harm, and that practical strategies should be implemented to manage the alienation process and inform practice.
Language:
eng
ISSN:
1878-013X (Electronic); 1878-013X (Linking)

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dc.contributor.authorConlon, Maryen_GB
dc.contributor.authorO'Tuathail, Claireen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-31T15:55:01Z-
dc.date.available2012-01-31T15:55:01Z-
dc.date.issued2012-01-31T15:55:01Z-
dc.identifier.citationInt Emerg Nurs. 2012 Jan;20(1):3-13. Epub 2010 Sep 29.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1878-013X (Electronic)en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1878-013X (Linking)en_GB
dc.identifier.pmid22243712en_GB
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ienj.2010.08.001en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/203250-
dc.description.abstractThe emergency department is an important gateway for the treatment of self-harm patients. Nurses' attitudes towards patients who self-harm can be negative and often nurses experience frustration, helplessness, ambivalence and antipathy. Patients are often dissatisfied with the care provided, and meeting with positive or negative attitudes greatly influences whether they seek additional help. A quantitative design was utilised to measure emergency department nurses' attitudes towards deliberate self-harm. The 'Self-Harm Antipathy Scale', a validated questionnaire, was administered to a random sample of nurses in four emergency departments in the Republic of Ireland. A total of 87 questionnaires were returned (87% response rate). Results reveal that nurses show slightly negative antipathy overall, indicating positive attitudes towards self-harming patients. Attitudes were significantly different in accordance with a nurse's age. Education and social judgment also contribute to the way nurses view, interact and make moral decisions regarding self-harm patients. Evidence indicates there is need to improve the training, supervision and support of nurses caring for patients who self-harm, and that practical strategies should be implemented to manage the alienation process and inform practice.en_GB
dc.language.isoengen_GB
dc.titleMeasuring emergency department nurses' attitudes towards deliberate self-harm using the Self-Harm Antipathy Scale.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentMayo Mental Health Services, Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland.en_GB
dc.identifier.journalInternational emergency nursingen_GB
dc.description.provinceConnacht-

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